From the ACLU: Several courts have addressed the use of the "In God We
Trust" motto in non-education environments and all have said it serves a
secular purpose and its use does not violate the Constitution. The phrase is so
widely used that it has lost its religious significance. Specifically, the Tenth
Circuit Court of Appeals, which has jurisdiction over Utah, has stated that
printing "In God We Trust" on money does not violate the Constitution,
Gaylor v. United States (1996). Similarly, a district court in Kansas has stated
that posting the motto in county government offices does not violate the
Constitution, Schmidt v. Cline (2000).
"I do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will faithfully execute the office
of president of the United States, and will to the best of my ability, preserve,
protect and defend the Constitution of the United States."
@ JCS: Again your "facts" don't match reality. The Presidential
Oath of Office is contained in the US Constitution and does not include any
reference to God. Additionally, there is no proof that Washington
added any reference to God to his affirmation of the Oath when he was sworn in.
If you cannot make your point without dishonoring God and violating
the 10 Commandments, perhaps your point is not worth making.
The article quotes quotes Mower in saying "In Indiana, it's one of the
state's most popular license plates." This is true. however, Utah
should not expect similar popularity for their plate, as it is downright ugly in
comparison to the very nice plate offered in Indiana. Utah needs a
total change of attitude in the design of specialty plates. They need to take a
hard look at specialty plates from other states such as Idaho, Kentucky, and
yes, Indiana. Note the full plate background of the specialty plate, instead of
a little corner on one side. If Utah offered the same In God We
Trust plate as Indiana, I would be among the first 500 that are needed to make
it happen. But count me out for any Utah specialty plate until they look nice.
I'm a God fearing human being, but I have to honestly question the wisdom
here. Did we not learn anything from the UHP Cross trial? Do we
need a rerun of this episode?Honestly, if one feels the compelling
need to display their faith in God on their vehicle (I choose to show mine by
the life I live) simply by a bumper sticker, or a can of spray paint. Neither
of which will land the State of Utah in years of litigation in a suit that it
will end up losing."one old man" brings up a good point.
What if wanted "Allah" or "Hare Krishna" or a fish? If we are
to support one group on the public dime, all groups of faith must have the same
and equal access.
How about "In Allah I Trust" for people who want them?
These plates must be approved immediately. Utah must take a stand against the
left-wing federal government's efforts to remove all mention of God from
American society.The Founding Fathers established this Country under
the principle that religion must be allowed to flourish. Indeed, George
Washington himself made sure that the presidential oath of office contained
specific reference to God.The current leftist federal government
will destroy everything the Fathers stood for unless the States stand up for the
rights of the people. Utah can, and must, take the lead in this fight.
In god we trust. As for you? Sorry. Cash only.